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Ivor Thomas, M.P., replied that: "he would make a grave mistake
who imagines that the British people have abandoned the ideals for which
they took up arms in 1939, and after five years of sacrifice are prepared to
endorse the e Munich ' in which far off countries about which we know
nothing would be sacrificed on the altar of power-politics."

Major Guy Lloyd3 M.P., was indignant : "There is no question what-
ever of our sacrificing Poland. On the contrary, we desire to see Poland
rewarded for her heroic resistance and terrible travail., and stronger than
before the war. We desire to see her compensated at the expense of her
cruel aggressor, both in the North and in the West, in return for concessions
freely (!) made by her in the East.

"Force majeure is not part of our policy. We should have much preferred
to leave all boundary questions until after the war, but the rapidly developing
situation on her eastern borders obviously makes it desirable to bring about.,
if possible, some agreement between Poland and Russia on the boundary
question. Friendly advice has been offered to the Polish Government by
our Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary. The character of this advice,
its wisdom, and its equity, may be questioned ; but surely to offer, and to
seek5 to mediate between two of our friends who are both fighting the
common foe, cannot, by the wildest stretch of imagination, be called
" betrayal."

" The Poles have a perfect right to reject the advice offered, if they prefer
to discuss boundaries at a later date. There is a risk in such a decision,
of which the Poles are doubtless fully aware, but may well be courageous
to take, come what may.

" Mr. C. Glasgow's statement," commented another writer in Free
Europe, of " our being prepared to buy victory over Germany by betraying
Poland" is as untrue as it is foolish. This lessens the value of the article
but does not destroy his argument.

" Britain has certainly not betrayed Poland yet, and we still believe, is
not likely to do so. But it would be idle to deny that great fears have
arisen in Eagland that Russia intends to interfere very largely with Poland's
political and territorial future ; quite possibly without argument or con
sultatioii with her Allies and even against their express wishes. It is not
however, until that happens that it may be said that betrayal has taken place."